is 12% MC ok for turning a bowl?

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Forum topic by martin007 posted 03-08-2010 04:50 PM 1220 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2010 04:50 PM

Hi All

I would like to turn a bowl out of a 12% MC cherry. It`s for a birthday present in 4 weeks.

Is it too wet, can it warp or crack afterwards?

thanks for comments or suggestions


-- Martin, Gatineau, Qu├ębec

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 01:47 AM

If you are worried about the bowl drying out after you turn it, seal the bowl with CA glue to hold its current moisture level. A lot of bowl turners use CA glue just for that purpose.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:29 AM

I would say no, I’ve turned lots of bowls with 12% MC.

Since there is someone on LJ’s that is bound to disagree, you could always bring the wood inside your house for two weeks then turn the bowl. MC problem solved. We are talking about 12% here, not green wood.

-- Eric, NorCal

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:44 AM

it really depends on where you are and where the bowl will be, out here in colorado 12% is still to wet for a finished turning, you can always rough turn it and finish it later or you can try drying it out in the microwave, i have had good luck with this method.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 04:50 AM

You might be able to do it if you use an alcohol drying technique for the rough turned bowl. It will depend on how thick it is when rough turned. It is possible.

Microwave drying as has already been stated could also work.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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